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Drone Operator Operating Illegally in Collision With Blackhawk Helicopter

The pilot of the DJI Phantom drone that collided with a Blackhawk Helicopter was operating the craft in an illegal and very irresponsible manner. The Phantom operator was operating beyond visual line of sight, and with no idea of the regulations he or she should have been complying with, because he was broke so many of them. ( More...

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Dan Grelinger 2
From the opening paragraph of the NTSB accident report: "The National Transportation Safety Board determined Thursday the operator of a drone that collided with an U.S. Army helicopter failed to see and avoid the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range and did not have adequate knowledge of regulations and safe operating practices."

Not all drone pilots are this irresponsible. But way too many of them are. It is time that all pilots, both of manned and unmanned aircraft, unite to combat this lunacy that someday will kill someone. We can't accomplish that by trying to shift the blame to pilots of manned aircraft who are operating legally, or to the government when it is trying to implement common sense regulation to prevent this ridiculousness from continuing to happen.
There are already regulations in place, and a lot of people ignore them with impunity. Can't have a cop on every corner, but unfortunately that is what it will take.
bentwing60 1
Dan, if you could fix "Stupid" you'd be on to something, and I suspect wealthy soon.
Dan Grelinger 1
That is one of my sayings.... "You can't fix stupid." But, there are ways of protecting ourselves from that scourge. My suggestion is that it will have to start with regulating the sale of these devices, if over a certain weight. I have a really cheap ($20) toy and I couldn't hurt anyone in any meaningful way if I tried. No need to regulate those. But devices that can fly more than 100 feet high and weigh more than 1 pound are dangerous. My opinion is the most effective way of preventing these types of accidents is to require UAS pilot registrations for those wishing to fly drones that are over 1 pound and can operate more than 100 feet from the remote, and to require retailers to verify this registration before selling to an individual. This would go a long way to solving the problem; First, by preventing the sale to those who don't know what they are doing. Second, by requiring those who don't want to be stupid to get some reasonable information and training on how to safely operate them.

Dan Grelinger 1
Congress authorized the FAA to require drone registration. Effective immediately.
Hope this immigrant has a good job. I can only guess what a rotor blade for a Blackhawk costs. Good thing it wasn’t a Robinson or a c150.
A type of pilots license will wind up being required to operate a drone. Government luvs regs.
Dan Grelinger 1
He obviously has (had) disposable income. The NTSB report says he admitted to owning a drone before the accident drone, and lost it. He had also purchased another drone after the accident. These were all multi-hundred dollar expenditures at a pop.


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